Copy of an email from David Post at Next Island:
Private beta starts on May 18. Cannot allow anyone in for first few weeks.
We are in our launch planning. Looking at October 1
Thanks - keep in touch.
I could be wrong, but if not, this means CE2 will release sometime between now and the end of 2009. Get your exploreration gear ready!
I have not been to next island yet but I will when I depo on the third